Our Sprint to the Finish campaign is steady and productive. To begin with today, you may remember this staircase I painted last year:
What the pictures didn’t show was finished drawers. I had some trouble getting the painted drawer fronts attached to the installed drawers. They restricted the smooth opening by scraping on the treads, or were misaligned, or I couldn’t get the screws in tightly, so that the drawer fronts flopped around a bit.
Rob had a neat trick. First, he trimmed my drawer fronts with a plane, to adjust the size. Then, he used the heavy double-sided foam tape – the same kind that mirror installers use to hold mirrors in place while the construction glue dries.
He put the tape on to the front of the box, then pressed the drawer front onto it, lining it up, and using a spacer under the drawer front which allowed just enough space to extend the drawer fully open.
Next up was starting the guest room renovation. A couple years back, I paid $10 at the thrift store for a stained oak headboard . It reminded me of the one my parents had in my childhood home, complete with built-in reading lights. On one of the many rainy days when working outside in the garden was torture, one of my WWOOFers painted it this midnight blue.
and I gave it two coats of the same blue.
He installed the vintage reading lights I had found at thrift stores. We cut off the plugs ends so that the electrical cords could be inserted into an inconspicuous small hole to the back of the headboard, then reattached plug ends. The plugs will be hidden inside the box where a wall outlet is available.
Also needing attention was the cupboard above the closet in that room. It has been an ugly hole that houses electrical wires, built-in vacuum tubes, and heating ducts.
When the door hinges could not be made to fit, we scratched our heads, tried different adjustments and replaced fittings. Rob finally concluded that the 1.25″ thickness of the doors was the culprit. He trimmed the thickness down to the 3/4″ standard cabinet door thickness on his table saw, and, sure enough, the hinges worked!
and Rob patiently marked where they were on the finished ceiling.
Then, we installed a 4′ grid with 2x2s and long screws.
I’m not telling you (yet) what I’m doing. If you’re curious, I’ll be updating when there is more progress in the guest room. I’d be delighted if you paid me another visit.
The next report will be coming to you “live from the loft,” where we move to next, in our Sprint To The Finish.